by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
Artists Series includes 'Breakfast Club' star Molly Ringwald

HUNTINGTON, WV- In its 79 year history, the Marshall Artists Series has always been at the forefront of cultural exposure through enrichment and groundbreaking entertainment for Marshall University students, and the Tri-State community. As part of its mission, the series has always provided culturally significant and educationally entertaining acts through thought-provoking programming. This year is no exception.

The events showcased on the 2015 – 2016 season offer a fresh perspective in the ever-evolving world of arts and entertainment. “For our 79th season, we are presenting a lineup that is exciting and diverse,” says Penny Watkins, Executive Director for the Marshall Artists Series. “We have music greats this year including rock pioneer, Boz Scaggs, country/pop phenom, Kacey Musgraves, and the pop music story of the year, Walk The Moon. We have the best of Broadway including “Mamma Mia!”, “Annie,” and the musical that swept the Tony Awards, “Once.” “The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra” makes a stop on their US tour, as does The State Ballet Theater of Russia as they bring the breathtaking ballet, “Swan Lake” to the Keith-Albee for the very first time. Additionally, we have a historic collaboration with The Huntington Symphony Orchestra for a multimedia holiday event – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, plus we screen the beloved film “The Breakfast Club,” featuring a post-film Q & A with the film’s star Molly Ringwald. The Marshall Artists Series is proud to offer such a thrilling and entertaining season as the one we announce today. There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.”


The  2015 -2016 Baxter Series will feature:

Grammy® Award-winning rock pioneer, Boz Scaggs — comes to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Scaggs remarkable career dates back to the late sixties, when he performed with the Steve Miller Band and spanned decades with solo triumphs, such as Silk Degrees, Middle Man, Some Change and Digs.  As a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Scaggs is known for his explorations into blues, rock, R&B and jazz, as well as his hits including “Lowdown,” “Lido Shuffle” and “What Can I Say.” His spellbinding new album,  A Fool to Care was released in Spring 2015 and features duets with Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams.


A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!  Broadway’s Mamma Mia! — comes to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. Over 50 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia the ultimate feel-good show!  Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!


The world’s most well-known classical ballet, Swan Lake, leaps onto the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center for the very first time on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at 7 pm. The State Ballet Theater of Russia’s full-scale production will feature 50 dancers, and is set to the memorable music of Tchaikovsky. Based on Russian folklore and German legend, Swan Lake follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell, making her a graceful swan by day, and a young woman by night. The spell can only be broken by a man promising her his eternal love. The prince swears his love but is tricked by the evil sorcerer who cast the spell on Odette. Formed in 1961 by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia has established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies by building an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and depth


Molly Ringwald Revisits The Club – 30th Anniversary Screening, Discussion and Q & A of The Breakfast Club on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.  The iconic film The Breakfast Club will be screened, followed by an interactive discussion and Q&A with Molly Ringwald herself.  Whether you’re a Brain, Athlete, Basket Case, Criminal, or Princess, longtime fans and new audiences alike can celebrate the return of this iconic film to the big screen. Detention has never been more fun, especially when one is getting the inside scoop from Molly Ringwald!


Leapin’ Lizards! America’s favorite redhead, Annie returns to the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.  One of the world’s best-loved musicals is back! The timeless story.  The classic characters. The unforgettable songs. Featuring the beloved book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” “An intensely likable musical!  It has a rare kind of gutsy charm.” -The New York Times “Spectacular on every count.” -Newsweek “Big, warm-hearted, funny and overflowing!” -New York Post.


The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestramake a stop on their historic 80th Anniversary tour at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Dimitry Yablonsky, Conductor Laureate and thirteen-year-old cello virtuoso, Danielle Akta will present a program featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Saint Saens and Rachmaninov. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1936 as the Palestine Broadcasting Service Orchestra. In the 1970s, the orchestra was expanded into the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Broadcasting Authority.


The 2015 – 2016 Mount Series Will Feature:

Spend an evening of comedy with comedian Anthony Jeselnik who will bring the laughs when he visits the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 7:30 PM.  Recently added as the host of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Jeselnik is most famous for his writing stints on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, along with his Comedy Central roasts of both Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen.  He also starred in and created the TV show The Jeselnik Offensive.  Anthony, an Emmy® nominee, has performed on Conan, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.


Two-time Grammy® Award-winner and Country Music Association “Best New Artist of the Year,” singer-songwriter, Kacey Musgraves, brings her catchy tunes to the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Friday, October 2, 2015, at 7:30 PM.  Musgraves’ Grammy®-winning debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The gold-certified album included her top 10, platinum-selling single “Merry Go ‘Round,” as well as “Blowin’ Smoke,” “Follow Your Arrow,” and “Keep It To Yourself.” At only 26 years old, the country music sweetheart already has two Grammy® Awards to her name. She’s received nominations for the CMT Music Awards, and American Music Awards and has taken home the CMA Award for “New Artist of the Year” in 2013, and the 2014 CMA Award for Song of the Year.


Cincinnati’s Walk The Moon is one of the biggest stories in music this year. Their huge hit single  “Shut Up and Dance”  is the song of the summer and has persistently remained near the top of the iTunes download charts and the Billboard charts for the past several months. Walk The Moon makes their debut appearance at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM. Formed while at Kenyon College by singer/keyboardist Nicholas Petricca, Walk The Moon built up a devoted following on the strength of their ecstatic live show and their undeniably infectious single “Anna Sun.” They hit the late-night TV circuit with performances on Letterman, Fallon, Conan, and Carson Daly.


Enjoy a multi-media family holiday event as Disney in Concert Presents Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before ChristmasExperience Tim Burton’s iconic full-length feature film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, on the huge screen at the Keith-Albee with Danny Elfman’s incredible score performed live by The Huntington Symphony Orchestra and special guests, and conducted by Kimo Furumoto. This once in a lifetime collaboration takes place on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. The New York Times hails “this event was a substantive, rich and revealing concert. Mr. Elfman’s music and Mr. Burton’s cinematic images are intricately enmeshed.”


30th Anniversary Screening, Discussion and Q & A of The Breakfast Club on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.  See information above.


Winner of eight Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Once, is a truly original Broadway experience. See it for yourself when it comes to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us. 


Fall International Film Festival:

The Fall International Film Festival will take place November 6 - 12, 2015, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Featured films include: Landfillharmonic (Paraguay/USA), Wild Tales (Argentina), Citizenfour (USA), Tangerines (Estonia), Phoenix (Germany), and Two Days, One Night (Belgium/France). 


Spring International Film Festival:

The Spring International Film Festival will take place February 26 – March 3, 2016  at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Featured films include: On The Other Side Of The Tracks (France), Timbuktu (Mauritania), The Farewell Party (Israel), Labyrinth of Lies (Germany),Marshland (Spain), and A Hard Day (South Korea).


The 2015-2016 Superticket:Patrons who purchase a Superticket package will receive tickets to all events on both the BAXTER Series & MOUNT Series, along with the SPECIAL EVENT and the FALL & SPRING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS


Season Ticketing Information:

The deadline to purchase or renew season packages is Wednesday, August 12th.  


Season Package Pricing:

Superticket (Baxter, Mount + Special Event + Film Festivals):

Superticket Plus $974

Price I - $702 | Price II - $ 564.50 | Price III - $476.50

Baxter Series

Baxter Plus - $526

Price I - $382 | Price II - $300 | Price III - $263

Mount Series

Mount Plus - $483

Price I - $355 | Price II - $299.50 | Price III - $248.50 

International Film Festival

(Includes Fall & Spring Festivals) - $80

Series prices listed above do not include sales tax and Keith-Albee restoration fee.

New season subscription orders and season package renewals for current patrons are on sale now. Deadline for season ticket renewal is Wednesday, August 12, 2015. All orders will be processed in order of date and time received. Tickets to individual events go on sale, Monday, August 31st. 

The Marshall Artists Series is again offering a payment plan that we hope will offer our patrons greater flexibility in their season planning -- the TWO-PAYMENT PLAN.  If you are interested in our TWO - PAYMENT PLAN please call 304-696-3313.

The Marshall Artists Series accepts all major credit cards. Season packages may be ordered via telephone by calling our administrative offices at (304) 696-3326. Orders may also be mailed in to Marshall Artists Series, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755-2210, be faxed to (304) 696-6658 or emailed to The Marshall Artists Series office is located in the Jomie Jazz Center on Fifth Avenue across from Marshall University’s Student Center. Our hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.